Carlow farmers hit by significant fodder deficits

Only 20% of Leinster farmers have enough winter fodder

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Over 400 dairy farmers attended the AIB sponsored Irish Grassland Association (IGA) Dairy Summer Tour which took place in West Cork last week.

A survey of those in attendance identified that 9 in 10 dairy farmers from the Leinster area had completed a fodder budget.

Just over 20% of those from the Leinster area had sufficient fodder reserves in place for the coming winter, which was lower than the national figure of 25%. 

3 in 4 farmers are currently eating into existing winter fodder supplies by feeding grass silage – slightly higher in Leinster with 4 in 5 feeding silage.